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Al Daniel is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, focusing on the Boston Bruins and the NHL. Two of his highlights at B/R have been providing firsthand coverage of the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla. and the 2013 American Hockey League All-Star Game in Providence, R.I.

Daniel began his sportswriting endeavors upon enrolling as a sophomore at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn. There, he covered the school's elite hockey, soccer and figure skating programs for various school, town and state publications. During his senior year, he also served as a student-publicist for the school's nascent robotics program.

Among the student-athletes Daniel met and covered at Shattuck were current NHLers Jonathan Toews, Kyle Okposo and Derek Stepan, U.S. Olympians Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux and Major League Soccer players Teal Bunbury and Ben Sippola.

After graduating from SSM in 2007, Daniel moved back to his native Rhode Island to attend Providence College. Assigned to the women's hockey beat at the campus newspaper, he expanded his portfolio by serving as the Hockey East correspondent to Beyond The Dashers, a site dedicated exclusively to women's hockey news, for two years.

Between SSM and PC, Daniel covered four USA Hockey national championships, a Silver Stick tournament, the 2007 Great Lakes Invitational, two Women's Hockey East championships and the 2011 Women's Frozen Four.

Daniel's portfolio includes coverage of boys' and girls' youth hockey, youth soccer, men's and women's college hockey, high school football and minor league baseball. The many events he has attended have taken place in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ontario, Pennsylvania, New York State, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia and Florida.

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  • Anthony Herrera posted 193 days ago

    Anthony Herrera

    can you write an article about top prospects for 2014 nhl draft by country

  • Padraig O'Gorman posted 196 days ago

    Padraig O'Gorman

    Your not a Bruins fan, dont write anymore articles about then and your a terrible writer

  • Will Curley posted 397 days ago

    Will Curley

    Al, How did you leave Billy Smith out of the top ten goaltenders. 19 out of 20 straight playoff series.....4 Cups. Brilliant.

  • alex catanzaro posted 454 days ago

    alex catanzaro

    quit being biased with the predictions

  • twotimer posted 473 days ago


  • twotimer posted 495 days ago


    What was that about the Ducks prevailing in 5 games against Detroit? I have waited patiently for a few weeks to post this critique of your Hockey prediction accuracy. Send that discount crystal ball back to China from whence you bought it son. If the Wings were remotely healthy and had a full healthy roster even a single day all season, it would have been 4 to 1 Detroit. I consider the Ducks lucky for having pulled off more than 2 games. Still, I called the series 4-3 Detroit. Never forget history and what it teaches us about the humble beginnings of the Disney themed Anaheim Mighty Ducks and how they were no more than a point feeder team for the Russian 5 powered Red Wings for a decade and how Fedorov would dangle Kariya and Selanne with ease in his prime. Looks like the flying V Defense didn't work. "Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack".

    I prefer Duck Dynasty. Happy hunting next year chap!

  • Mark Staffieri posted 652 days ago

    Mark Staffieri

    Your remarks on some of the women's hockey articles are really insightful and unique! Great suggestions regarding Europeans helping the IIHF and Noora Raty's influence.

  • Adam Brady posted 659 days ago

    Adam Brady

    Al, not sure you'll get this message but I didn't know how to contact you otherwise. We appreciate our mascot, Wild Wing, listed as No. 1 in your feature, but your information is incorrect when you say: Other than Teemu Selanne, Wild Wing is Anaheim’s only remaining representative from when the club answered to the name “Mighty Ducks.”

    The team was still the Mighty Ducks in 2005-06, and players like Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin were each on that team. Just letting you know.

    Thanks again.

    Adam Brady
    Director of Publications and New Media
    Anaheim Ducks

  • Ben Millikan posted 685 days ago

    Ben Millikan

    You went to Shattuck-St. Mary's? Sick.

  • Mark Staffieri posted 693 days ago

    Mark Staffieri

    Thanks for your support. I believe UNH is primed for a big comeback with Alexis Crossley.

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